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LIH Spotlight: Mail-Order Marriage Promise

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mail-Order Marriage Promise, a September release from
Love Inspired Historical author Regina Scott.

Learn more about the story below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy.

Wanted: Husband and Father 

Stunned that his sister ordered him a mail-order bride, John Wallin insists he’s not the husband Dottie Tyrrell needs. The scholarly logger knows Dottie will make the perfect wife—for some other man. Yet he’s compelled to invite the lovely widow and her infant son to stay with his family…but only until she can find her own way.

Dreams of true love are for other women. Betrayed by her baby’s father, Dottie just wants a safe home for her precious child. But who could resist a man with John’s quiet strength? When her secret past brings danger to their door, they may yet find this mail-order mix-up to be the perfect mistake…

Copyright © 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art and cover copy text used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.


New School Year

School started today for many of the students in our area. The new year will begin Tuesday for my daughter, and it’s an exiting one. Adri will be doing her student teaching this fall and will earn her credential around the middle of the school year, although she’ll still be taking classes for her Master’s of Teaching program. I’m one proud mom!

When I was a kid, few things excited me as much as the first day of school. I welcomed the end of summer and eagerly awaited the return to the classroom.

One of the ways I prepared for the Big Day was to restock my school supplies. New binders, Pee Chee folders, paper, pencils and pens could put a huge smile on my face.

Thanks to my new Bin Babe position at church—filling the bins with supplies for our Sunday School teachers each week—that I first mentioned in my May 29 post, I had a wonderful excuse to visit the Back-to-School sales this year. I snagged some great deals. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of getting four glue sticks for 1¢!

Another reason I’ve been looking forward to the start of the new school year is that our break is over and my Bin Babe buddy, Carol, and I are back to work.

In preparation for the new year, I spent several days completing the organization of the craft supplies that I’d started in May. I’m delighted with the results.

That project was both fun and functional. Carol and I can quickly find the craft items we’re looking for, which has cut our prep time, leaving more time for me to assist our children’s director in other ways.


Questions for You

Are you or is anyone else in your family a teacher?

Did/do you get excited about the first day of school?

Do you visit the back-to-school sales looking for bargains?

What fun things are you looking forward
to during the coming school year?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Mail-Order Marriage Promise
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer a question to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when you’re
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To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please don’t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, August 12 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, August 14.

Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.

Congratulations to the winner from my July 31 post!
Patty will receive Inherited: Unexpected Family,
an August LIH by Gabrielle Meyer.














Keli Gwyn


  • Our grands are preparing for school to start. Two are going back to public school and one will be doing an online academy. We bought them all a new outfit for their first day(it is a tradition), and I went shopping with their momma for the rest of their supplies. My husband comes from a teacher family. Both of his parents were teachers and his sister and niece are teachers. My niece is teaching this year while getting her masters. I admire teachers! I’ve subbed and it is definitely a hard job!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I love that you have so many teachers in your family. You must be mighty proud of them.

      I love your tradition of buying the first day of school outfits for your grandchildren. I’m going to have to remember that in the event that our daughter has children.

  • Jan Hall says:

    My DIL has been homeschooling her kiddos for a number of years now. Two have graduated and the next one is a sophomore but taking college classes. Mom was a teachers aide for many years and her previous husband was a teacher. I did not shop back to school this year. I love your organizational skills.

  • Nancy Costello says:

    My daughter is a school teacher and this will be the start of her 21st year of teaching. She loves it so much and loves to hear from her former students. During the summer she works with her 3 children having them do work to strengthen any weakness they may have.

  • jane naccarato says:

    There is a long history of teachers on mom’s side of the family. The family even built a school in PA back in the 1800’s. I was going to be a teacher until the 6th grade when I saw how rotten we were to the substitute teacher then I changed my mind. Did do some teachers aide work for a year, on call substitute. Love the back to school sales.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, how cool that you have teachers going back so far. I love that your ancestors helped build a schoolhouse. Do you have pictures of it?

  • Angie Carroll says:

    My family is full of teachers and I am almost done with my bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Angie, what a rich legacy your family has. I think it’s great that you’re on your way to becoming a teacher, too. I wish you all the best as you complete your degree.

  • Deana Dick says:

    My grandmother was a school teacher back in the day when it was just a one room little school. I always wanted to be a teacher but was never able to go to college. I liked school because I loved learning and going to the library.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, how neat that your grandmother taught at a one-room school. I actually attended a one-room school during my seventh and eighth grade years when my family was living on a remote U.S. Forest Service ranger station. That was quite an experience.

      I’m sorry you weren’t able to attend college and become a teacher, but we’re all teachers at times when we instruct others. I don’t have an education degree, but I did some Sunday School teaching. I wonder if that’s something you might enjoy.

  • Connie Lee says:

    I like to shop the back to school sales for my office supplies mainly because they are marked way down from the usual price.

  • Trixi says:

    Nobody in my family is or ever was a teacher.
    Only when my kids went back to school did I get excited about the first day, lol!! I sometimes visit back-to-school sales to supplement my own supplies I use at home. Since I hate shopping, I love finding bargains anywhere I can, lol!
    My son will be starting his second year of Community College at the end of September (where did the time go?) and it’s so different from K-12 public schools. Still trying to get used to the new routine 🙂

    Thanks for the LIH spotlight, I love Regina’s writing & missed out on getting a review copy this time around from her. Here’s hoping for a win 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I smiled when I read about you getting excited about your kids going back to school. I have a hunch many exhausted moms are feeling that way about now.

      How does it feel to have a child starting his second year of college? The years fly by mighty quickly, don’t they?

      • Trixi says:

        How does it make me feel?? Old!! Like time has slipped through my fingers like sand. I’ve heard to cherish your kids when they are little because they grow up too fast. Well, I know this now! We’re very proud of our son, but sometimes I long for the times when he was little. When I can protect him from the world. I know soon he’ll forge his own way and that’s super scary to me. Wanting the best for your kids and life to treat them right. All we can do is place them in God’s hands and pray for them every day. It helps knowing my son has a strong faith to sustain him and we just pray he continues to grow his relationship with the Lord. I can so see him as a youth Pastor or some such thing. He has a heart for kids 🙂 That’s my mother’s heart talking, I suppose! Whatever God calls him to do will be great.

        Anyway, I shared way more than I intended. I guess this transition for me has been harder than for him 🙂

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Trixi, letting our grown children go can be tough. I remember my mixed feelings when our daughter headed off to college. At least she was only an hour away, and I could call her. When she headed off to spend a year in France and two in Austria as an English-language teaching assistant after she graduated, my faith was tested and ultimately strengthened as I watched the Lord assume my former parenting role. He does a wonderful job, which helped put this mother’s heart to rest.

          I wish you well as your son makes his way in the world. Watching him grow into adulthood and make wise choices will be so rewarding. Get ready to hold on to your buttons, because your motherly pride may have a tendency to cause them to pop off. 😃

  • Mary Preston says:

    Both of my parents were teachers. I know how hard teachers work and how dedicated they can be.

  • I was homeschooled K-12 and so my Teacher was my Mother until my Highschool years where I sort of taught myself at that point!!
    I loved when the school supplies would come out and still love getting in on bargains even though I am graduated! I would always get excited for a new school year!
    And even though I am now graduated, I will be looking forward to college classes in the spring!

  • colleen Flathers says:

    I also love the back to school time. As a high school teacher, I start to stock up on Pencils, composition note books, and glue sticks. It is surprising how many students do not come to school with paper and pencils or another writing tool. Kind of bothers me. My youngest is starting her senior year and I know that she is looking forward to the start of her final year.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Colleen, as the wife of a retired high school teacher, I have the highest respect for you and the special job you do. I hope your school year is a great one. It must feel different knowing that it will be your youngest child’s final year of high school. I hope she has a blast.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I always looked forward to the first day of school. Seeing my friends, getting a new box of crayons when I was little, buying a few new clothes when I was older. Next granddaughter may start pre-school and I imagine that I will once again be caught up in the getting ready agenda!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, what great memories you have of your school days. Can you believe you’ll have a grandgal heading to preschool this time next year? Children grow up so quickly, don’t they?

  • Evangeline says:

    There are a lot of teachers in my family in the present, as well as in the past. All three of our children are in the education field: a college professor, middle school teacher, and vice-president of a seminary. I have a great appreciation for the contribution and influence of teachers. Regina is a new-to-me author, and I would love to win a copy of her book. It sounds delightful!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Evangeline, what a rich legacy you have with so many educators in your family. You just be so proud to have all of your children continue the tradition.

  • Cheryl Baranski says:

    I am a home school mom for our youngest boys ages 16 and 12.I do hit the bargain bins for supplies. I do avoid the back to school sales. I get items throughout the year. I love doing the homeschool field trips.

  • Becky Smith says:

    We homeschooled our 6 children. Our last child graduated almost 3 years ago, so we don’t have to get ready for school any more. However, I do shop the sales to get supplies for our Jr. High Sunday School class. Who can resist all the fun school supplies they have now! And there is nothing like new crayons, markers, or notebooks. I LOVE how organized you are and all your cool bins!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, it must be rewarding to look back on your schooling experience and know that you invested so much of your time and energy in your children’s lives. What an accomplishment!

  • Marilyn R says:

    Another great LIH book to read.

    Yes, I shop school bargains for Christmas shoebox project, kids in need, etc. I know several children starting school and riding the bus for the first time. They are so excited compared to older children.

    Congratulations on your daughter’s accomplishments. I didn’t continue on after my undergrad work till later.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, I love your reasons for hitting the back-to-school sales. Your heart for children in need is a beautiful thing.

      Thanks for your congratulations on my daughter’s behalf. She’s starting her student teaching today. I’m one proud mom, that’s for sure. 😃

  • Brenda W says:

    In the past there have been teachers in the distant part of my family but now I can’t think of any relatives who teach.
    I can’t remember if I was excited about the first day of school. Maybe so because I had access to books to read.
    I forgot about tax free week end for school supplies. I was thinking of buying more memory for my pc.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    This week’s winner is Julie G. Congratulations, Julie! I’ll be in touch.